Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Dean of Students and Diversity Affairs

The Dean of Students and Diversity Affairs Office, which houses the Counseling Center, is responsible for personal and academic counseling and advisement to all Southwestern students. The office provides academic advisement on a variety of matters, as well as special advisement and support to students experiencing academic challenges (see list below). In addition, requests related to academic and administrative matters are handled by the office, as well as special programs for transfer and visiting students. Students may also be referred to HelpNet (Southwestern's off campus counseling resource) or Southwestern's on-campus Academic Support Program after meeting with the office staff.

Contact the Dean of Students and Diversity Affairs Office if you need:

Academic Counseling regarding:

  • Scheduling
  • Course Registration
  • Progress to Graduation
  • Status Changes
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Probation and Disqualification
  • Personal Concerns
  • Attendance Issues
  • Other

Assistance with:

  • Letters of Standing
  • Late Add/Drop Courses
  • Special Registration Requests
  • Program Status Changes
  • Incompletes
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Withdrawal
  • Exam Date and Time Changes
  • Exam Accommodations and Emergencies
  • Study Abroad Programs
  • Transfer and Visiting Out Requests
  • Evaluation of Transfer Credit
  • Dean's Certification for Students to Appear in Court
  • Independent Studies

The Dean of Students and Diversity Affairs Office also works collaboratively with faculty, academic support and various departments to address student needs, and coordinates the faculty advisor program and the Defenses in the Law, Practical Lawyering Skills and Selected Topics in American Law courses. Additionally, the office sponsors academic advising programs such as Table Days and other events to promote student well-being, and is actively involved in developing other programs and activities to enhance student life on campus.


From academic planning to individualized counseling, the staff of the Counseling Center are here to assist with problems in order to help students have a successful academic career. We highly encourage you to visit the Counseling Center and take advantage of this valuable resource.


The office is also responsible for accommodations for students with disabilities. Students must contact the Dean of Students and Diversity Affairs Office as early as possible to discuss requests for special accommodations. The office also makes recommendations for awards and scholarships.


In addition, the office develops initiatives to promote a campus environment that recognizes, celebrates and values diversity, and coordinates programs and outreach efforts to support the recruitment, retention, personal development and successful academic matriculation of students from varied racial, ethnic, cultural and/or other diverse backgrounds.


  • Nydia Duenez, Interim Dean of Students and Diversity Affairs
  • Anne Haga, Associate Director of Counseling Services
  • Zachary Bruning, Dean of Students and Diversity Affairs Office Coordinator

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., and always available by appointment
Location: Westmoreland Building, Suite W102
Phone: (213) 738-6871
Fax: (213) 738-5798

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Disability Services
Promoting Diversity

Student Handbook

Students with questions not answered through the above should feel free to contact the Dean of Students and Diversity Affairs Office. A staff member from the office will respond to you as soon as possible.

Current Students may find detailed information and forms on MySouthwestern (log-in required).